As other reviewers have illuded to, this album may be better than earlier Kreator albums because with the exception of “Ventor” all the instruments have gotten better over the years. Most importantly, Kreator has learned to write a really good, well put together song.
After spending almost a decade in non-Thrash, experimental areas of metal, Kreator have returned with a Thrash album that amazingly doesn’t sound rehashed. All the riffs are really amazing and most importantly, they’re memorable. Former albums like Endless Pain and Pleasure to Kill, Terrible Certainty, and Extreme Aggression all sounded good and had a lot of fury at the time, but all of them except for Pleasure to Kill were just run-of-the-mill Thrash songs.
This is rare but I don’t think there is a song that I don’t like. You know how there is always that one song on the album that you think is really lame? It’s not here…And even though the music is Thrash it never ceases to be interesting, always being creative.
The production is really good for this album and it shows that they spent a lot of time on the editing. The guitars are definitely the highlighted instrument of the album. Great guitar work, complicated but furious with tons of aggression. The vocalist, Mille Petrozza, sounds more possessed than ever screaming the ideological lyrics. The best thing is that his voice hasn’t changed much if at all. The bass is non-existent for most of the album (if there even is one) and all the better. (I mean come on, this ain’t Forced Entry here!) The drumming is good, especially the opening fill on “Impossible Brutality” and the break in “Enemy of God”. As a drummer, I can listen and appreciate all the beats.
If you loved stuff like Nuclear Assault, Slayer, Megadeth, Sodom, Destruction, Coroner, Exodus, Heathen, Sadus, D.R.I., Hirax, Anthrax, Whiplash etc. prepare to get you #ss kicked. The old days may be over but in the same way this CD sounds “so old” yet “so new”. Yes, this album is that good. Better than any of the other Thrash bands that came out with albums in 2004. Get IT NOW!